Views for 2013-11-21

Thursday, November 21, 2013
John Nichols
If Congress Is Safe From the War on Drugs, Why Not Everyone Else?
Florida Congressman Trey Radel, who has wisely determined that he does not want to become an American version of Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, says he will take a leave of absence from the US House of...
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Todd Gitlin
Climate Change as a Business Model: Divestment vs. Climate Apocalypse
Apocalyptic climate change is upon us. For shorthand, let’s call it a slow-motion apocalypse to distinguish it from an intergalactic attack out of the blue or a suddenly surging Genesis-style flood.
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Dave Lindorff
Americans Want Improved Social Security and Medicare and Less Military Spending
A tectonic shift is occurring in the US body politic. Ignore the media-driven sideshow about the 2014 contest for control of the House or about the screwed-up Obamacare insurance-market website.
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Greg Mitchell
How Politico’s Mike Allen Blends Ads and ‘News’
Today's top—though belated—media criticism comes from Erik Wemple from the Washington Post .
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Ira Chernus
11/22: The Day "Truth" Died
Last week I wrote a column pointing out that evangelical Christians supported a lot of progressive, even radical, political views in 19 th century America. Slowly, some evangelicals are starting to...
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Richard Heinberg
Krugman Goes 'Splat': On Endless Growth and Permanent Depression
I was fairly amazed to read Paul Krugman’s latest op-ed in the New York Times, titled “ A Permanent Slump? ” He seemed to be coming remarkably close to saying what several of us have been trumpeting...
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Juan Cole
Tony Blair let the American NSA Spy on Millions of Britons and Store their Private Data
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Sonali Kolhatkar
Sequestration: Getting Our Priorities Straight
Lobbyists for military contractors are swarming all over Capitol Hill these days in a frenzy to stave off automatic budget cuts as part of the second wave of sequestration, due in January. If the...
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Amy Goodman
Corporate Lobbyists Flood Warsaw Climate Talks
WARSAW, Poland—The United Nations is holding this year’s climate conference in Warsaw, a city steeped in history. Nicolaus Copernicus, the famous Polish astronomer who first posited that the Earth...
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Robert Parry
Who Controls US Foreign Policy?
A Syrian rebel, brandishing the severed head of a man suspected of adhering to Shiite Islam, explained to a crowd and a video camera why the Sunnis, both native to Syria and those flocking from other...
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Michael Winship
November Days of Drums
Friday afternoon in my upstate New York hometown, around 2 p.m. I was a drummer in the junior high school band and after lunch in the cafeteria went to a rehearsal of the entire percussion section.
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